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Autism Centre

North Block 4, Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road, Chesterfield, S41 7NG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the main teaching room, main hall and sensory room.
  • There are 5 rooms in south block also associated with the autism centre. These rooms are on the second floor and consist of a kitchen, art room and several teaching rooms.
  • Comments View
    • It is recommended that the venue be accessed via the entrance from Sheffield Road.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Chesterfield.
  • The nearest mainline station is Chesterfield.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located to the right of the building.
    • The car park is located at the front of West Block.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 1 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 600cm x 400cm (19ft 8in x 13ft 1in).
    • Designated parking bays are not clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located to the side of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is for staff parking, although it is available for disabled persons.
    • The Blue Badge bay is located at the rear of North Block 3.
    • There is a barrier to access both the staff car park and also the Blue Badge parking.
    • The barrier is intercom/swipe card controlled.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of North Block 4.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading down to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Other Floors (Foyer)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, UG.
    • The stairs are located beyond the entrance.
    • There are 7 steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.

Other Floors (North Block 4)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, UG, 1.
    • The stairs are located far end of North Block 4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the entrance foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, UG, 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • The lift allows access from the lower ground floor at the rear of North Block 4 and overcomes the stairs.
    • The lift requires a keycard to use since it accesses the Autism Centre.

Sensory Room

  • The Sensory Room is located on the upper ground floor.
  • It is accessed by double doors, which open away from you, are light and are 150cm wide.
  • The Sensory Room is equipped with various adjustable sound and lighting settings, as well as waterbeds and other fixtures to ensure comfort.

Teaching Room/Training Kitchen

  • The Teaching Room/Training kitchen is located on the ground floor.
  • It is accessed by a single door which opens away from you, is light and is 80cm wide.
  • The Teaching Room/Training Kitchen is equipped with desks, tables, a computer and a height adjustable work surface which has a hob and sink.
  • There is also an oven, fridge and microwave.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located on the upper ground floor.
    • The facility is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 390cm x 256cm (12ft 10in x 8ft 5in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 158cm (5ft 2in).
    • The facility hoist is mobile.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 178cm (5ft 10in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the cubicle.

Standard Shower

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located inside the Changing Places and Accessible Toilet.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (Changing Places)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the upper ground floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards and outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 390cm x 256cm (12ft 10in x 8ft 5in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste, general domestic waste and clinical waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a portable hoist in the accessible toilet.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the lower ground floor.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the lower ground floor to the right of the teaching room/training kitchen.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Staff do receive deaf awareness training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level (unknown at time of research).
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.